The environment is a key determinant of human health and wellbeing. Environmental factors impacting on health can be physical, chemical, biological, social, or psychosocial.  Some of the key factors are highlighted here.

  • Built environment

    The built environment affects our everyday lives in both negative and positive ways.
  • Climate change and environmental health

    The impacts of climate change in Aotearoa New Zealand will become more pronounced as time goes on.
  • Drinking water

    The new regulator, Taumata Arowai, took over as the drinking water regulator on 15 November 2021 when the Water Services Act 2021 came into effect.
  • Environmental health in emergencies

    In the event of an emergency, unhealthy conditions can develop. You may survive a major disaster but be at risk of serious illness.
  • Food

    This section describes the regulation of food in New Zealand and where to find food safety information.
  • Hazardous substances

    Hazardous substances are common in homes, workplaces, and public areas. Find out more the various substances and how they affect health.
  • Household items and electronics

    Technology is a part of our everyday lives – it’s important to know that our household items and electronics are safe.
  • Keeping cool in summer

    Advice for people wishing to avoid the heat, stay cool and stay healthy.
  • Noise

    Noise that is too loud can damage your hearing forever. Learn which noises to be aware of, and how to protect yourself and your whānau.
  • Non-ionising fields

    Te Whatu Ora and the Ministry of Health provide advice to Government and the public on the health effects of non-ionising fields.
  • Pests, insects, bites and stings

    Learn how to get rid of pests like rats and bed bugs, and what you can do if you get bitten or stung.
  • Recreational water

    New Zealanders enjoy swimming and water activities in the sea, rivers and lakes. These waterways can impact human health if they become contaminated.